The most recent dangerous sex toy scare focused on chemical ingredients in sex toys, particularly the use of phthalates in soft plastic vibrators and dildos. While there is a growing body of research that suggests phthalates have a toxic effect on infants (and mostly on rats) and I personally suggest avoiding sex toys with phthalates, there is simply no evidence that phthalates pose a direct risk in sex toys.
Some people suggest that using sex toys can be dangerous because it can lead to other sexual activities that, according to these people, are risky. This idea is usually presented in a religious context (sex toys are unnatural, not as God intended us to have sex, lead to infidelity, etc…) But at least one public health researcher has tried to float this idea out there. Unfortunately the single study is so poor, and their conclusions so overstated that it’s difficult to take the argument, that sex toys are like drugs, seriously.
To date there’s no published research looking at the role that using sex toys might have in yeast infections. Yeast infections are incredibly common though, and it’s possible that some sex toys, used in certain ways, could increase the chance of getting a yeast infection, particularly for someone already susceptible to getting them. Body responses including irritation from friction, allergic reactions, and bladder infections could all play an indirect role from sex toys to yeast infections. There are some simple things one can do to reduce the theoretical risk.
Sex toy addiction is no more real than internet porn addiction (or sex addiction more generally). It sounds scary and dangerous, but it doesn’t exist. It’s true that if you use sex toys you can get used to having orgasms in one way. But once you can orgasm one way, in almost all cases you can orgasm a thousand other ways. You just have to try.
Sex toys, vibrators in particular, can cause temporary numbness, particularly when they are powerful and used for a long period of time. But the numbness goes away and there is no evidence that sex toys cause any permanent or even temporary but significant
By Cory Silverberg